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Ryan Clarin  |  Jun 14, 2011  |  6 comments

I am no stranger to Eddie Current – having owned numerous Craig Uthus creations throughout my headphone amp journey allows me the experience to say that no other manufacturer still in the business has been as consistent a home-run hitter in the tube amp department. Eddie Current has produced numerous tube amps that not only consistently sound good, but push the design envelope significantly over their peers while keeping cost within human reach.

Let's have a look, shall we?

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jun 13, 2011  |  31 comments

According to a February 2011 NPD Group study, celebrity endorsements are extremely/very important to nearly 30 percent of consumers when deciding what headphones to buy. Moreover, there was a 75% increase in sales of headphones over $100 from 2009 to 2010 ... in a bad economy, no less. Headphones are a hopping commodity.

So sure, why not nab a big name like Quincy Jones and extend the life into an aging, but still very good headphone.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jun 09, 2011  |  35 comments

Many of you will remember my previous attempt at analyzing break-in from this post. A lot of good comments and suggestions were made after the post, and I'd encourage those not familiar with this previous attempt to check it out.

Deciding that my time away at T.H.E. Show Newport would be the perfect opportunity to run some more break-in tests, I programmed my headphone measurement system to take frequency response, square wave, impulse response, and Total Harmonic Distortion data every hour for 100 hours.

Man! That's a lot of numbers ... I'm glad I have a computer.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jun 07, 2011  |  1 comments

About a month and a half ago, Jorge Cervera from HeadRoom gave me a call, "Hey dude, you wanna be on a panel with me in L.A.?"

Jorge proceeded to tell me that Bob Levy from the Los Angeles/Orange County Audio Society got together with Richard Beers of T.H.E. Show Las Vegas fame and are putting on a show in Southern California. Bob Levy wanted us to do a headphone seminar. Lemme tell ya', when Bob Levy thinks you ought to be somewhere you might as well pack your bags. Bob is a force of nature; the tide that raises all boats in the L.A. audiophile world. If he thinks you ought to do something ... well ... he's probably right.

"Sure Jorge, I'm in."

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jun 01, 2011  |  7 comments

Hi all! I'll be heading off to T.H.E. Show Newport on Friday, and I though it would be a good idea to let you guys know what's up with InnerFidelity for this month.

Tyll Hertsens  |  May 31, 2011  |  11 comments
I've just completed the June measurements update. All the new cans are on the Headphone Datasheet Downloads page, and in the All Graphs PDF.

New headphones this month include:

  • Many of the Ultrasone line.
  • The new Shure SRH950.
  • The New Beyerdynamic DJX-1 (it's pretty good).
  • Numerous Denon IEMs.
  • Grado GR8.
  • Spider Cables realvoice IEM
  • Second measurements of Beyer's Tesla cans.
  • And ... measurements of the latest LCD2 ... now with more highs!
Tyll Hertsens  |  May 27, 2011  |  8 comments

Since I wrote my "Headphones Can Kill You" article two months ago, I've seen in my news feeds at least three more people wearing headphones killed by trains. Unbelievable … but true. While I'm sure InnerFidelity readers are smart enough to stay off the tracks, there are plenty of other hazards out there --- I've almost been hit at the grocery store parking lot before. And don't you just hate it when the stewardess' lips move but you've got to pull the earphones out of your ear only to hear her ask if you want some lousy peanuts?

Well, now there's something you can do about it.

Tyll Hertsens  |  May 24, 2011  |  36 comments

I’ve heard so many conflicting opinions on the Ultrasone Edition 10 that I just had to get my hands on a pair. At $2,749, you’d reckon the praise ought to be a little more consistent. So I gave my buddy Todd (the Vinyl Junkie) a call to see if he had a pair I could play with, and sure enough, he had a slightly used pair for me to audition.

Wow! What an experience!

Tyll Hertsens  |  May 22, 2011  |  25 comments

Just a year and a half ago I walked into the CanJam area of RMAF, and right smack-dab in the middle was Fang Bian, head of Head Direct and the HiFiMAN brand of headphone gadgetry. Fang always has something new going on; I wondered what it would be this time. He smiled, stood, and cheerfully greeted me, then pointed towards center-stage on one of his tables.

"Would you like to hear my new planar magnetic headphones?"

You’ve got to be kidding me, I thought.

Tyll Hertsens  |  May 19, 2011  |  28 comments

In preparing my article “How Planar Magnetic Headphones Work” I became enamored of the work being done by DIYers building their own Orthodynamic cans over in the "Orthodynamic Roundup thread on Head-Fi. The blood, sweat, and tears invested in building and modifying vintage Yamaha Orthodynamics, and cans like the Fostex T50RP is simply stunning, but more striking is the sense of fun and camaraderie so clearly evident in their headphone play that I simply can’t resist trying to find a way to enter into the party in some way.

I think I’ve figured out what I can do.

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